New Laurentian Bank/Crevier VISA(R) Business card to help small businesses manage their transport expenses

    MONTREAL, Jan. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank, in partnership with
Pétroles Crevier Inc., is launching the new Laurentian Bank/Crevier VISA
Business card, adding a new dimension to its line of MAXAFFAIRES financing
services for small business.
    The main advantages of the new card include a 0.75% rebate on all
purchases made with the card, and an additional rebate for monthly gas
purchases of 250 litres or more made at a Pétroles Crevier gas station. This
rebate varies between 0.5cents and 2.5cents per litre, depending on the
monthly volume of fuel purchased. Cardholders have 28 days to settle their
monthly accounts. In addition, client businesses receive an annual management
report, complete with a breakdown by category of purchases and by card. This
helps them effectively manage cash movements and exercise tighter control over
business expenses.
    Plus, the Laurentian Bank/Crevier VISA Business card offers cardholding
businesses or their non-cardholding employees an optional individual health
insurance plan. Among other benefits, this plan includes coverage of
hospitalization and diagnostic services, life, disability, supplemental health
and accident insurance, and dental care. As a fitting complement to employee
benefits, these additional coverage options can be an asset for small
    "Given the wildly fluctuating gas prices at the pump, small businesses
will find the Laurentian Bank/Crevier VISA Business card a welcome tool to
help fight the ever-increasing costs of fuel," said Luc Bernard, Executive
Vice-President, Retail and SME Financial Services. "With all the advantages
offered by this card, our business customers can exercise better control over
their expenses and simplify their accounting procedures, thus reducing
administrative costs. In short, this card can translate into big savings for
its holders."
    Laurentian Bank's MAXAFFAIRES Commercial Financial Services offer
businesses access to personalized service and a range of competitive products.
Some 200 people specializing in commercial banking services devote all their
energy to developing customized solutions and guiding their clients in their
development and their projects. MAXAFFAIRES Services meets the needs of the
manufacturing, service, retail, agricultural and real estate sectors, and
those of specialists in international trade. These services are available
through 29 business centres, including 22 in Quebec, and 157 bank branches.

    About Laurentian Bank

    Laurentian Bank of Canada is a banking institution operating across
Canada and offering diversified financial services to its clients.
Distinguishing itself through excellence in service, as well as through its
simplicity and proximity, the Bank serves individual consumers and small and
medium-sized businesses. The Bank also offers its products to a wide network
of independent financial intermediaries through B2B Trust, as well as
full-service brokerage solutions through Laurentian Bank Securities.
    Laurentian Bank is well established in the Province of Quebec, operating
the third-largest retail branch network. Elsewhere throughout Canada, it
operates in specific market segments where it holds an enviable position.
Laurentian Bank of Canada has close to $18 billion in balance sheet assets and
more than $15 billion in assets under administration. Founded in 1846, the
Bank employs close to 3,300 people.

    (R) VISA Int. / Laurentian Bank of Canada and Pétroles Crevier Inc.,
    licensed user.

For further information:

For further information: Nora Bouikni, Public Relations Advisor, (514)
284-4500, extension 6379,

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